Denmark has 4 physical network operators:
- 3 (= Tre) (on 3G and 4G only)
and about 50 MVNOs operating of these networks.
2G/GSM is on 900 and 1800 Mhz, 3G/UMTS on 2100 Mhz and 4G/LTE has been started on the 800, 1800 and 2600 Mhz frequencies on all networks like in most of Europe.
All networks have nationwide 2G coverage but 3 which is a 3G/4G network only with roaming on TDC on 2G. For data on 3G 3 has the widest coverage in the country, while on 4G Telia is the most developed so far. To check out a certain place, it's best to take a look on the coverage maps: TDC coverage 3 Coverage Telia CoverageTelenor coverage.
While 4 networks and over 50 operators sound a lot of competition, prepaid offers are rare, as most of the providers are geared to contract customers. 3 for example stopped all prepaid activites in 2011 and sells only contracts which require a Danish personal security number. So unlike other countries, it's no use to go to a 3 shop anymore for a Danish prepaid card. Many MVNOs still offer prepaid, but don't have offline outlets to buy and top up. So the choice is rather limited.
Oister EditOister is a MVNO on the 3 network. After 3 has ceased all prepaid activities in 2011, it's your only option for a prepaid SIM card on this network. It has the best 3G coverage in the country, 2G is roaming on TDC, 4G is not available for Oister prepaid yet. Their new prepaid line is called Oister Go!
SIM Cards are sold in post offices and by various outlets. the resellers can be found here: Oister resellers They have 2 different types of packages: One with voice only, and one with data only. For data, ask for "Oister Go! Mobilt bredbånd". Their new starter pack is 39 DKK with 300 MB preloaded.
Default data rate outside packages is 0.5 DKK per MB. These packs can be loaded on the data SIM:
- 5 GB, 100 DKK
- 10 GB, 200 DKK
- 25 GB, 300 DKK
Packs are valid for 12 months and must be bought online on https://www.oister.dk/go/ giving your mobile number.
Tank Selv Edit
Their Tank Selv line is a time based tariff which seems to be faded out, but may be still available. The starter pack "OiSTER Mobilt Bredbånd" as SIM card only is 99 kr, with modem is 499 kr. Both come with 7 days activation (max. 50 GB). At the end of this time, you can buy extra time. All their packs are time based:
- 1 day: 29 kr
- 7 days: 79 kr
- 30 days: 199 kr
- 90 days: 499 kr
These packs must be bought online http://www.oister.dk/tankselv following this procedure:
Select your time period: 1, 7, 30 or 90 days, press "Gå til betaling", put in your credit card information, copy your activation code, go back to www.oister.dk/tankselv, put in your "Kundenummer" (= Customer ID) and paste your activation code into "Aktiveringskode", press "Aktivér Mobilt Bredbånd".
The activation process should take around 10 mins. Your SIM card is active for the purchased time. The volume limit is 50 GB per period. So each activation code represents a period, thus 1 day has the same 50 GB limit as 90 days have.
- you need to make a recharge at least once a year
- APN: bredband.oister.dk
- basic info in english
Telia EditTelia has a good 2G/3G coverage in the country. Their 4G is the most advanced but not yet available for prepaid.
Availability and start up costsEdit
Telia offers a "Telia Talk" prepaid SIM for voice, text and data. It's available in many 7/11 shops in the county: Store locator and in Telia outlets. Top up vouchers called Taleditskort can be purchased there and in many other locations.
The SIM Card is 29 DKK with the same credit and default data rate is 10 DKK per MB.
Data feature packages Edit
The following packs can be added to get better data rates:
- 1 GB, 1 week, 49 DKK
- 3 GB, 1 month, 99 DKK
- 10 GB, 3 months, 399 DKK
- APN: www.internet.mtelia.dk
- SIM sizes: newer package are sold with micro SIM, but e.g. some 7/11 still sells standard SIM only
- Tethering: Yes
- online in Danish only
One Mobile Edit
One Mobile is the most popular prepaid MVNO in the country on the Telenor network which has good 2G and reasonable 3G coverage (see Telenor above).
Availability and costsEdit
It is sold in 4500 outlets in the country (list) like Bilka, Spar, Shell, Statoil, Post office, 7/11. Top up vouchers can be found there too for 50, 100 and 200 DKK. The SIM card is 49 DKK and includes 10 DKK of credit. Data is charged at 0.99 DKK per MB.
Data is given out as a "reward" for reloading:
- for a reload of 50 DKJ, you get 1 GB free
- for a reload of 100 DKK, you get 4 GB free
- for a reload of 200 DKK, you get 6 GB free
Overuse is charged by the default rate of 0.99 DKK/MB.
- SIM size: standard SIM cards. availability of micro SIM cards unknown.
- Tethering: no apparent problem.APN: inter
- APN: internet
- online in danish only
TDC EditTDC is the network with the most subscribers in Denmark and a good 2G and 3G coverage (see above). 4G is not available for prepaid.
Start up costsEdit
Their prepaid SIM for data only (no voice or text) is called "Mobilt Bredbånd Tank Op" formerly "TDC's Bredbånd-2-GO Cash".
The starter pack is often sold in combination with a USB-modem and called: "Mobilt Bredbånd Tank Op Startpakke". Do not confuse this with their normal voice SIM card starter pack (TDC Mobil Tid) , which cannot be used with their cheaper data service.
The starter combined with the USB dongle (Huawei E3131) is sold for 399 DKK, as SIM only for 129 DKK. It comes with 1 week of data capped at 10 GB .
Maximum transfer speedEdit
up to 20 Mbits, no 4G/LTE, up to 10 GB/month. Throttled if you exceed that.
Data feature packsEdit
The following time based packages can be booked:
|1 day||29 DKK|
|3 days||69 DKK|
|1 week||129 DKK|
Fair Use Policy limits at 10 GB per package.
Available in TDC Shops (list), Elgiganten, DSB Kort & Godt, 7-Eleven, Fona, and Expert. You will have problems topping it up online, when you use a non-Danish credit card. As they don't sell vouchers at all, the only other way is to go to a TDC shop and reload it directly. No having a Danish credit card, you should buy the pack at a TDC shop and top it up for the full time period right away.
More info SIM sizesEdit
- SIM sizes: Standard SIM. Micro SIM availability unknown.
- APN: internet
- in Danish online
Lebara mobileEditThe British Lebara Group sells its products in Denmark too. It acts as a MVNO on the Telenor network giving reasonable coverage in 2G and 3G.
Start up costs and availabilityEdit
The starter pack is sold for free in their outlets (survey) with 10 DKK credit.
Default data rate is 0.39 DKK/MB.
Online top ups can be tricky, as you need to have a Danish address and registration. So you better stick to top up vouchers available in the shops shown above.
Data feature packsEdit
The following bundles can be booked:
- 2 GB - 49 DKK - for activation text 2GB to 5010
- 4 GB - 79 DKK - for activation text 4GB to 5010
- 5 GB - 99 DKK - for activation text 5GB to 5010
Bundles are valid for 30 days, wll renew automatically if there is enought credit plus 5 DKK and can be stopped by texing <bundle size>*stop to 5010 e.g. 1GB*stop. Overuse is charged by the default rate.
- APN: Internet
- website available in English
Lycamobile EditWhere there is Lebara, there is Lyca too. Lycamobile from Britain is the main competitor of Lebara on the ethno market. In Denmark it is operating a MVNO on the TDC network in 2G and 3G.
Default Data RateEdit
0.39 DKK per MB charged if no data bundle is booked or used up.
Data feature packsEdit
These monthly data bundles are available:
|Data 300MB||300 MB||39 DKK||text 4510 to 3535|
|Data 1GB||2 GB||49 DKK||text 4520 to 3535|
|Data 2GB||4 GB||79 DKK||text 4530 to 3535|
|Data 5GB||5 GB||99 DKK||text 4540 to 3535|
Certain data packages are doubled in volume as an ongoing promotion. For activation text code to 3535. They will autorenew if not stopped by calling customer service 3332 from Lycamobile. All excess data will be charged with the default rate.
- APN: data.lycamobile.dk
- Username: lmdk (that's lowcase L, not capital I)
- Password: plus
- tethering seems to be prohibited and blocked
- Website in English